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April 9, 2014

Pres. Keel in Congress! Read and Learn More Through the Library’s ProQuest Congressional Database

As you probably know by now, President Brooks Keel, 12th President of Georgia Southern University, testified at the fourteenth congressional hearing before the Committee on Education and Workforce in preparation for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in Washington D.C. on April 2nd. The hearing on “College Affordability” was presided over by Rep. John Kline (MN-2nd District)and discussed changes and the “future” of higher education in the United States. Keel’s testimony lauded Georgia Southern’s significant workforce-grant university model in improving economic prosperity. You can read more about Pres. Keel’s testimony and learn more about the hearing through Henderson Library’s ProQuest Congressional database. ProQuest Congressional “provides daily updated information, including full text of bills starting in 1989, public laws starting in 1988, committee reports starting in 1990, House and Senate documents starting in 1995, Congressional Record starting in 1985, Federal Register starting in 1980, National Journal starting in 1977 and other government information.”

Henderson Library added the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection to the ProQuest Congressional platform this week, making available House and Senate materials back to 1789. Included in the set are wonderful maps from the original Serial Set, and the new database also makes legislative histories easier than ever. If you haven’t yet tried ProQuest Congressional, give it a try for your next research project, or just for fun!

To get to ProQuest Congressional database, click HERE!

To read the transcript to Pres. Keel’s Testimony, click HERE!

For information on how to use ProQuest Congressional, click HERE!

For information on how to use U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection within ProQuest Congressional, click HERE!

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor/Government Documents Librarian (; 912-478-5032), and Paolo Guijilde, Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Collection Development.


New Database: ProQuest U.S. Serial Set

We are pleased to announce that the ProQuest U.S. Serial Set is now available via GALILEO.  Funded by Henderson Library, this collection includes Congressional documents published from 1789 to 1969.  The U.S. Serial Set can be accessed by searching the ProQuest Congressional database available here or via GALILEO.

March 5, 2014

E-Journal Package Trial and Evaluation: Taylor & Francis Criminology & Political Sciences Collection

The Zach S. Henderson Library is please to announce a trial of the Taylor and Francis Criminology and Political Science e-journal titles through May 3rd.  A list of titles available during this trial period is available here.   To access a journal title, please visit the Taylor and Francis site and search for the title by name.

If you have any questions about these titles, please contact Lori Gwinett ( or 912-478-5032), the Criminal Justice and Political Sciences liaison.

EBSCO Display Issue in Firefox

The EBSCOhost interface is not currently displaying correctly in Firefox.  This is a known issue that EBSCO is working to resolve.  However, they do not have an estimated fix date for this issue at this time.  All of the interface functionality is there, but it might be harder to find the correct links, the search box, or the facet selecting tools because the style sheet is not loading correctly.  This issue is affecting all EBSCO databases including DISCOVER but only in the Firefox browser.  If you need to use one of these databases, please use Chrome, Internet Explorer, or any other browser other than Firefox for the time being.

February 28, 2014

openICPSR Webinar Monday, March 3rd @ 2PM

openICPSRThe Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is introducing “openICPSR,” a research data-sharing service for the social and behavioral sciences. openICPSR assists researchers in meeting requirements for public access to federally funded research data. It ensures that data depositors fulfill public-access requirements of grant and contract RFPs. Because depositors pay to deposit research data and documentation, the service allows the public to access research data at no charge.

You are welcome to join us in room 1300 of Henderson Library at 2pm on Monday, March 3 for an ICPSR orientation webinar to openICPSR.  This webinar will cover the reason behind the public data collection, why researchers might use the service, and what other public access data services are in development as part of openICPSR.  Presenters will also provide a short orientation to the site, and attendees will have ample time for Q&A.

Location: Room 1300 Henderson Library

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Time: 2:00PM -3:00PM EST

February 26, 2014

How Are We Really Doing?

In order to answer “how are we really doing?”, we first must identify the areas in which we need you to provide us with feedback. Last year, we conducted a series of assessments which provided us lots of useful data to analyze to help us determine how library users felt about services and resources offered. Assessments such as the 2013 LibQual+ Survey, the Distance Learning Survey, the Foy Music Listening Survey, and Library Instruction Assessment for both students and faculty were just some of the ways in which we collected data to help us improve library services and resources.

The library’s goals and objectives are categorized according to the three dimensions from the LibQual+ survey: Affect of Service, Information Control, and Library as Place. The data obtained from this survey helps us look at the entire library from different perspectives according to undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. The Distance Learning Survey results indicates the level of satisfaction among our distance and online learners regarding library resources and services provided to them. Our Music students and faculty complete a survey that provides information on how well the Foy Music Listening Center is meeting their needs. Lastly, the students that receive library instruction on how to conduct research answer questions indicating whether they have mastered six identified learning outcomes.

This year is no different. We continue to evaluate services and resources using the Distance Learning Survey, the Foy Music Listening Survey, and Library Instruction Assessment for both students and faculty. Additionally, we will be conducting a web usability study to help determine how easy it is to navigate the newly revised library web site. Furthermore, you may want to smile as you might be caught on video camera. Why you ask? Well, we are also conducting a space utilization study to determine 1) how existing furniture is being used, 2) what furniture is used most often, and 3) busy times to help with staff and budget requirements. Additionally, library personnel are partnering with key university stakeholders to develop a research project that will define the impact of library usage among students on their academic success and retention.

As one can see, we are busy trying to determine how well we are actually providing library resources and services. If there are any questions about the library’s assessment projects please feel free to contact the Library Assessment Officer (

February 19, 2014

Resources for Health Research from ICPSR

Join us for a Webinar on February 26, 4pm, Room 1300 of Henderson Library

The objective of this webinar is to provide information to faculty and students about the wide variety of health-related data available from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  The presentation will describe the kinds of data and other resources housed in our archive, how you can access them, and the tools available for statistical analyses.  Directors of the following specialized archives at ICPSR will discuss their mission, archival holdings, and research resources:  Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR), Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA), National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP), National Archive of Computerized Data of Aging (NACDA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA).


  1. Identify and describe data files available for secondary research
  2. Discuss online analysis toods
  3. Provide information on other health-related resources and tools available from these ICPSR archives
  4. Highlight training opportunities

Title:  Resources for Health Research from ICPSR

Date:  Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time:  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Location: Room 1300, Henderson Library



February 11, 2014

2014 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Added / Webinars Scheduled

The 2014 edition of the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States has been loaded into the database and is available to all GALILEO libraries and media centers.  Users can search the 2013 and the 2014 content together or the 2014 content on its own.

Sample reference questions that can be answered with Statistical Abstract of the United States:

  • In the future will more men or women live to be 100?
  • What state awards the largest number of science and engineering degrees?
  • Where is medical information most vulnerable?
  • Who goes to the vet more often – cat owners or dog owners?
  • Is the homeless population increasing or decreasing?

Webinars presented by a ProQuest trainer have been scheduled and will include a look at content, browse and search tips, and Facets and Excel options. The trainer is also planning some fun trivia questions to highlight content.

Visit the GALILEO training page to register or select a webinar below.

Training webinar for the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States

Once at the meeting website, click the More Info link for password and audio information.

February 11, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Register

March 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Register

February 10, 2014

Hot Doc: Congress App for Your Smartphone

Filed under: Government Documents,Resources and Services @ 10:44 am and
hot docAlthough this app is not created by an agency of the government, it provides easier mobile accessibility to Congressional information!
The Sunlight Foundation has a great app to make Congress accessible for you on the go. It is available for iOS at and for Android at
The Android version is divided into these sections:
*         People (Representatives and Senators)
*         Bills
*         Votes
*         The Floor
*         Hearings
*         CommitteesBecause of the way that Congress itself chooses to disseminate information the public, bill information and vote information can be delayed. Although it is much easier to have the latest Congressional votes at your fingertips instead of digging to find them.

The People section makes it easy to add a Congressional delegation to a tracking list. For each Member of Congress you can do the following:
*         Call their office
*         Visit their website
*         View their voting record
*         See their sponsored bills
*         View committees they are a part of
*         See news from across the internet mentioning your member of Congress.

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Government Documents Librarian (; 912-478-5032)

February 7, 2014

Writing Tutor for Spring 2014

clip-art-illustration-of-orange-man-giant-pencil-writing-memo-note-royalty-free by Leo BlanchetteA writing tutor will be available in the Zach S. Henderson Library’s Learning Commons on Sunday afternoons. Interested students can meet the tutor at the round tables near the library’s entrance, adjacent to the Government Documents displays.

Sessions will be offered on Sundays from 4:00PM – 6:00 pm starting Sunday, February 9th and continuing through the last Sunday before Finals (May 4th). If you have any questions, please contact Learning Commons Librarian, Ruth Baker at

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